Report: seafood still mislabeled at Mass. eateries

Posted: 12/02/12 at 4:45 pm EST

BOSTON (AP) -- A published report says new DNA testing shows that restaurants and stores across Massachusetts are still mislabeling their seafood, a year after the problem was disclosed.

The Boston Globe reports that restaurants and stores continue to sell cheaper, lower-quality fish wrongly labeled as more expensive and higher-quality varieties. An investigation by the Globe published last year prompted promises by state health officials to discourage the mislabeling of seafood.

The newspaper reported Sunday that the results of a new round of DNA tests on fish underscores an ongoing lack of regulation in the nation's seafood trade.

The test results showed a host of mislabeling, including the mismarking of Pacific cod as the more expensive Atlantic species, hybrid bass as the higher quality striped bass and tilapia as red snapper.

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